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[review] Caroline Guitar Company Kilobyte - Lo-Fi Delay (by Bieke)

Caroline Guitar Company was founded in 2010 by guitarist Philippe Herndon. He first started modding pedals and later on decided to start a pedal business. From then on, everything Caroline Guitar Company released were original circuits and unique pedals, targeted towards guitarists in search of exciting sounds. Every Caroline pedal is handmade at their small batch distortery in Columbia, South Carolina. Currently, the range consists of the Haymaker overdrive, the Olympia fuzz, the Icarus booster, the Wave Cannon and Cannonball distortions, the Météore reverb and last but not least the Kilobyte Lo-Fi digital delay. Development of the Kilobyte was crowdfunded and the pedal was already released in 2013. So without further delay, here’s my Kilobyte review.

The Looks

Some Kilobytes are black some are light blue or grey and there also is a retro 64 style Kilobyte design.

The one I got from Bart is black with gold lettering, In and mono Out and a 9V DC plug on the front panel, black MXR style knobs with clear white markers with enigmatic icons next to the controls. The controls are Level, Attack, Sum and Clock and Tacos, a small minipot in the middle for modulation. The original Kilobyte had this pot hidden on the inside. There are two footswitches, on the right is a momentary switch that engages the Havoc mode and on the left, there is a true bypass On/Off switch.

Weekly overview (2017, week 46): 4 new brands and 44 new pedals

collage of this week's updates

4 new brands

  1. Deadbeat Sound
  2. Doc Lloyd Audio
  3. Gravity Pedals
  4. Morceau Music

44 new effects

  1. Ammoon AP-02 Ultimate Drive
  2. Ammoon OCTA - Precise Polyphonic Octave Pedal
  3. Billionaire (by Danelectro) C.E.O. - Tremolo
  4. Billionaire (by Danelectro) Money Laundry - Spinning Speaker
  5. Billionaire (by Danelectro) Texas Trouble - Overdrive
  6. Deadbeat Sound Delay Lay Lay - Analog Delay
  7. Deadbeat Sound Thank You - Distortion/Sustain
  8. Deadbeat Sound The Void - Reverb
  9. Deadbeat Sound Wet Dreams - Chorus
  10. Demon Pedals Kijo Fuzz
  11. Doc Lloyd Audio Grit 'n' Girth - Overdrive
  12. Doc Lloyd Audio Photon Death Ray - Opto Compressor
  13. fmpedals Arwana - Fuzz / Distortion
  14. Gearmanndude Disco Bush - Fuzz
  15. Gravity Pedals GCH-1 Chorus
  16. Gravity Pedals GDT-1 Distortion
  17. Gravity Pedals GLP-1 Looper
  18. Gravity Pedals GMO-1 Metal Overdrive
  19. Gravity Pedals GOD-1 Overdrive
  20. Gravity Pedals GVD-1 Delay
  21. Ground Control Audio Serpens - Optical Compressor/Boost
  22. Henretta Engineering H-Bomb Trembrato - Tremolo/Vibrato
  23. Hochstrasser Electronics Disco Terrapin - Envelope Filter
  24. Hochstrasser Electronics Helping Friendly Box - Dual Overdrive and Compressor
  25. Hotone Audio Freeze B - Nano Amplifier Head
  26. J. Rockett Audio Designs I.Q. Compressor
  27. J. Rockett Audio Designs Majestic - Overdrive
  28. KHDK Electronics Ghoul JR - Mini Overdrive
  29. KMA Audio Machines Strokkur - Germanium Treble Booster
  30. Lounsberry Amp Rescue - Amp Driver
  31. Lounsberry Rupert - Bass Overdrive Preamp
  32. Lounsberry Smilin' Jack - Fuzz Tone
  33. Lounsberry Tall & Fat - FET Clean Boost
  34. Lounsberry Toy Robot - Low Gain Overdrive
  35. Lounsberry Wurly Grinder - Electric Piano Overdrive
  36. MAK Crazy Sound Technology Choco Slayc
  37. MAK Crazy Sound Technology Temporal Tap Machine
  38. Meris Polymoon - Super-Modulated Delay
  39. Moen BS-BA Buffalo Bass - Bass Amp Simulator with DI
  40. Morceau M-OD-01 Overdrive
  41. Mosky MP-38 Mini Screamer
  42. Old Blood Noise Endeavors Excess - Distortion Chorus/Delay
  43. Seymour Duncan La Super Rica - Silicon Fuzz
  44. Wampler Pedals Tumnus Deluxe

Overviews of the previous weeks: http://www.effectsdatabase.com/updates/weekly

Discuss these updates at the forum: http://forum.effectsdatabase.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=676

Syd Barrett's fuzz (by nck.s)

With the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd's psychedelic debut comes a resurging interest in Syd Barrett's equipment and techniques, along with a new generation of commercial entities seeking to profit from all the excitement. What has remained a constant force over the years of discussion has been a handful of rumors and myths that, when repeated often enough by seemingly authoritative figures, almost become fact. With this small piece of writing, I'll be challenging some of the allegations about Syd Barrett's effects pedal habits with facts in the hope that it will help guitarists to make informed decisions about their spending, as well as potentially ease some new historical evidence out of the woodwork. Discussing and criticizing makes for a healthy and knowledgeable community.


Selmer pedals

Syd Barrett's alleged use of the Selmer's Buzz Tone and (Fuzz-)Wah is one of the stories perpetuated by the Internet that seems to originate from Julian Palacios' biography, 'Lost in the Woods'. We know the band was using Selmer amplifiers early on, so it's certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that they experimented with the pedals too, or that Selmer may have simply put the group's name in advertising for the pedals that are yet to be digitized in the modern age.

The classic riff from 'Interstellar Overdrive' sounds incendiary when coupled with a Selmer Buzz Tone (or any fuzzbox for that matter), but the following video shows that the sound from the album can be nailed with just the Selmer Treble 'n' Bass amplifier.

I'm satisfied with my original Selmer Buzz Tone (and I'll be happier if it ever comes back from being repaired) but I would very much like to see the proof that this model is even remotely connected to the band. At the moment there is nothing tying the two together.

[review] Red Witch Factotum - Bass Suboctave Drive (by JFHerregat)


We have another pedal from New Zealand’s Red Witch Pedals. The pedals are designed by Ben Fulton, founder and creator of Red Witch, and are all analog. Last time I reviewed the Zeus, which was a bass fuzz suboctave. Today I hold it’s brother, the Red Witch Factotum, a bass suboctave drive. It houses the same octaver as the Zeus but has an overdrive instead of the fuzz.

[review] Zorg Effects Glorious Basstar (by JFHerregat)


Zorg effect is a French brand of handcrafted pedals. They have a very distinctive look, with the metal boxes covered with a wooden plate. It took me a while to get used to it, but now I’m in love with that look! What makes them extra cool is that you can order them both as a finished product or as a DIY kit (4 different kinds, more on that later). The Glorious Basstar is an overdrive pedal unlike any other: it gives you full control over your sound. No more loss in the low end!

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